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Bringing the grunge with Marc Jacobs for our Dec/Jan 2018 issue

Ange-Marie and Najiyah Imani bring the now to Nineties nonchalance for our cover story with the Marc Jacobs Grunge collection.
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Twenty-five years after ripping up the rulebook, Marc Jacobs revives his seminal grunge collection for a new generation marching to their own beat.

And our cover girls Ange-Marie and Najiyah Imani bring the now to Nineties nonchalance with the Marc Jacobs Grunge collection, as right here on our December/January 2018.

Shot in New York by photographer Hao Zeng and styled by our Fashion Director Jeffrey Yan, this issue sees our two models taking on the streets of New York – the Marc Jacobs way.

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And our Marc Jacobs Grunge adventure starts now!

Once More, With Feeling

In 1993, grunge was the biggest thing in music, and Kurt and Courtney were the First Couple of the Seattle scene. Their style – a haphazard jumble of thrift store finds – so inspired Marc Jacobs he sent it down the Perry Ellis runway on a supermodel cast.

Today, taking subcultural codes from sidewalk to catwalk wouldn’t even raise a brow but back then it caused a furore.

Who was this upstart, passing off real clothes that real people wear on the streets as high fashion?

The critics would end up eating their words because the dam had been broken; from then on, the streets and what cool young people wear on those streets will be a constant influence on fashion.

The industry until then had been largely fuelled by the fantasies of the privileged few. Jacobs proved that the rawness of youth resonates.

But today, with everyone embracing athleisure and ironic ugliness, Jacobs is once again serving up full-on campy fashion fantasy.

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Versatility, after all, has always been a hallmark of the greats.

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The pair of girls we’ve assembled for this shoot embody the same kind of playful, fearless versatility.

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The pair of girls we’ve assembled for this shoot embody the same kind of playful, fearless versatility. Najiyah can go from walking ultra-glamorous haute couture shows for Dior and Schiaparelli, to playing the effortless all-American girl at Tory Burch and Diane von Furstenberg.

Her adaptability allows her to shine in front of the camera – Najiyah has racked up editorials for Interview, 10 Magazine, Wonderland and multiple editions of L’Officiel.

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Where Najiyah comes off like a livewire of energy, Ange-Marie exudes a more languid kind of serenity. That is, until she steps on set and fully inhabits the character she’s playing, whether it’s Adam Selman bad girl or Oscar de la Renta uptown lady.

The Parisian’s looks – sweetness with an edge, defying any easy geographic/ethnic categorisation – have made her something of a go-to for progressive, provocative labels like Pyer Moss, Marc Jacobs Beauty and Miu Miu.

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Cover Credits

Photography: Hao Zeng
Styling: Jeffrey Yan
Hair: Michael David / Factory Downtown
Makeup: Deanna Melluso / See Management
Models: Ange-Marie & Najiyah Imani / Premier Model Management
Digital Technician: Pablo Calderon-Santiago
Set Designer: Jared Lawton
Assistants: James Brown, Courtney Afriyie, Ashely Cox and Matthew Solis

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